5:30 p.m.
Auditory of the Hospital de Santiago

Aziz Samsaoui, kanun and director – Hamid Ajbar and Youssef el Husseini, soloists

(FeMAUB Artist from 1997)

Andalusian poets: nubas and melodies of al-Andalus

Undoubtedly, Andalusi music began its course in the Iberian Peninsula through the first Arabs who entered Andalusia and with the first emigrants from the Middle East who settled in northern Morocco and al-Andalus. Enriched with oriental music and the traditional native music of each of these places, and developed throughout the centuries—thanks to the good relations between Morocco and al-Andalus—, this repertory was disseminated during the 13th and 14th centuries and remained alive among the Moroccans, who have carefully transmitted it from generation to generation through oral traditions.


Instrumental prelude from Nawbat al Istihlal

Moaxaja Oh, que bella tarde con la belleza, mode al-Istihlal
(text by Ibn al-Jatib, 14th c.)

Zéjel A quien ama el profeta, mode Ramal al-Maya
(text by Sustari, 13th c.)

Moaxaja El mensajero del amor, mode Higaz*
(text by Ibn al-Barraq, 12th-13th c.)

Zéjel El ruiseñor en la primavera, mode Higaz / Nahawand
(text by Ibn Quzman, 12th-13th c.)

Moaxaja Mawwál ¡qué lejos de mi Al-Ándalus! Mina nawa, mode Bayati
(text by Ibn Jafáya, 11th-12th c.)

Zajal Ya nass al habaib / mis amores
(Tunisian tradition, Maalouf)

Romance Los enamorados / Ouchaq
(text by Ibn al-Arif, 11th-12th c.)

Romance Los enamorados y la luna, Tetouaní tradition

Duration: 65’

Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al-Ha’ik: Kunnas al-Ha’ik [Songbook by al-Ha’ik], 1789

(*) Composition sung in the garnati, of the Granada tradition, in Algeria


Aziz Samsaoui, kanún and director

Hamid Ajbar, violin and voice
Youssef el Husseini, oud and voice
Fathi Ben Yakoub, viola
Mostafa Bakkalí, lutes
Muhsen Kouraich, def, tambourines and voice
Khalid Ahaboune, darbouga, tambourines and voice

Aziz Samsaoui, kanún and director. Multi-instrumentalist of essentially self-taught orientation, he was born in Tetuán and trained at the Superior Conservatory of Andalusian Music of Tetuán. He studied lute and Andalusí violin under the direction of Telemsaní. He also studied with the masters Mezuak and Amin Al-Akrami, among others. He was part of the Youth Orchestra of the Conservatory of Andalusian Music of Tetuán, with which he has given recitals at national and international festivals. His extensive training and his knowledge of early music have led him to be artistic director of the Orchestra Andalusí de Tetuán, Al maqam or Veterum Mvsicae, and to collaborate with La Capilla de Ministrers or Alia Musica, among others.

Ensemble Andalusí del Mediterráneo. This ensemble was born at the end of 2020 thanks to the impulse both of the Fundación Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo and of the Consejería de Cultura de la Junta de Andalucía on the occasion of the anniversary of the International Day of Flamenco and its consideration as World Heritage. This ensemble claimed the recognition of Andalusian music as Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO. From its foundation, Aziz Samsaoui has assumed the artistic, musical and pedagogical direction of the ensemble.